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Published May 02, 2013, 06:05 PM

NDSU bringing together music from many cultures to one place

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Local choirs are rehearsing with conductors from North, Central, and South America ahead of a special event this weekend.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Local choirs are rehearsing with conductors from North, Central, and South America ahead of a special event this weekend.

Cultures are converging at NDSU for the "Music of the Americas" choral symposium.

Music is a language that spans all cultures.

This weekend, NDSU is bringing music from Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, and several other countries to one place.

Maria Guinand, Venezuela: "It's a way to unite different cultures, truly, choral cultures."

Conductors from North, Central, and South America are working with local choirs on music from their native lands. They come from as far as Venezuela and as close as Minnesota.

Rebecca Raber, Graduate Student: "Very prestigious conductors and names. Dale Warland. We met with him earlier this morning and as doctoral students, graduate students that was really wonderful."

Warland is an internationally-known conductor and composer from Minneapolis.

He says he is happy to be a part of the event, where students and listeners are getting "the real thing" in terms of a cultural experience.

Dale Warland, Minnesota: "There is no substitute for that. You can listen to recordings, you can go to workshops, but nothing like having a person from that part of the world doing their own music."

A series of concerts throughout the weekend will bring together the "Music of the Americas.”

Guinand: "Through that, we can really see the similarities and differences of our culture in the whole Americas, from Canada to South."

People from different parts of the world united by the notes on a page.

Tomorrow night at 7:30 is the kick-off concert at Festival Concert Hall. Saturday night features the critically-acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble at 7:30. The weekend closes with another concert at noon Sunday.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

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